I realise I tend to work in Lords of the Blog mode and so haven’t used the opportunity to write much outside of that mode, not least about myself. I know some bloggers sometimes do posts along the lines of ‘ten things you didn’t know about me’. I don’t propose to do even a ‘one thing you didn’t know about me’ on the grounds that if it is something nobody knows about me, there’s probably a good reason for it staying that way.
I thought I might mention two or three things about me that comply with the usual rules for an answer to a parliamentary question: that is, short, truthful and doesn’t say anything that you could not find from another source anyway. I have wracked my brain and come up with three things.
1. A fluffy thing: I like animals. (I like humans as well, but I don’t have the same instinct to pat them on the head or stroke them.)
2. A weird thing: I love the rain. (No, I really do. The moment it starts to rain, my instinct is to grab the umbrella and go for a walk.)
3. A political thing: Three years ago, The Daily Telegraph listed me as the 57th most influential person on the right in British politics. Okay, the next year I wasn’t on the list. (Anyone noticed how The Daily Telegraph has declined recently? I know, sad isn’t it?)
I was going to list some of my pet hates (people who are rude to others, motorists who drive in the middle lane of the motorway when there’s no traffic in the left lane, people who clog pavements, people who block escalators by standing on the left – notice a pattern here?) but I realise this would take up far too much space….